Concerts

COLUMBIA PRO CANTARE -- 8 p.m. Saturday. The chorus begins its 28th season with a concert featuring Johannes Brahms's "A German Requiem." A free pre-concert lecture by Barbara Renton, a musicologist specializing in the music of Central Europe, begins at 7 p.m. A dessert reception to meet the artists follows the performance. Jim Rouse Theatre for Performing Arts, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. Advance tickets, $23; students and seniors, $20. At the door, $25; students and seniors, $22. 410-799-9321.

"THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" GOES POP -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's SuperPops performance brings the 1925 silent film to life. $27-$75; rush tickets available the day of the performance at $20 for adults, $10 for students. 410-783-8000.

VIOLIN RECITAL -- 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Concert violinist Mark Singer performs Mozart's "Sonata in G Major, K.301," Bach's "Sonata for Solo Violin in G Minor, BWV 1001," Beethoven's "Sonata in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2." and Brahms's "Hungarian Dances No. 1 & 2." Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $15; seniors, $10, students with ID, $5. 410-772-4914.

Dance

SCARY (?) SCENES -- 3 p.m. Saturday. The Howard County Ballet presents a family-friendly, lighthearted performance with the antics of spooky spirits, twirling pumpkins, creeping vines, wicked witches and more. Wear a scary costume and participate in a costume parade. Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. $7; children, seniors and students, $3. 410-465-8233.

Exhibitions

"SMALL CHANGE: ART OF THE TZEDAKAH BOX" -- 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 14. A Jewish symbol to collect coins and paper money for charitable donations is the subject of a juried exhibition sponsored by the Columbia Art Center and the Columbia Jewish Congregation featuring 15 national and international artists. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. 410-730-0075.

CERAMICS -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 11. Joyce Michaud displays her ceramic art. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4870.

"MONET'S LIGHT: THEODORE ROBINSON AT GIVERNY" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, through Jan. 9. Includes about 60 luminous paintings by Robinson and five masterpieces by Monet. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. (North Charles and 31st streets), Baltimore. $7; seniors 65 and older and college students, $5; 18 and younger, free. Admission is also free for BMA members and on the first Thursday of each month. 410-396-7100 or www.artbma.org.

POLITICAL ILLUSTRATIONS -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 6. "Another Voice: Political Illustration From the Progressive Magazine, 1981-99" showcases more than 150 color and black-and-white works by 50 of the nation's leading editorial illustrators. Closing reception, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.

LOCAL ARTISTS -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 13. Bob Kramer of Columbia displays his watercolors depicting old movie theaters in Baltimore, and George Sakaal of Ellicott City exhibits his collages. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.

WORKS ON PAPER -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, through Feb. 27. More than 60 prints, drawings and photographs by 50 artists from the museum's collection, including Rembrandt, Matisse, Picasso and Cindy Sherman. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $7; seniors 65 and older and college students, $5; 18 and younger, free. Admission is also free for BMA members and on the first Thursday of each month. 410-396-7100 or www.artbma.org.

"TRANQUIL IMAGES, HEALING IMAGES" -- 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and some weekend hours, through Dec. 10. Photographs by artist Dennis Gilbert. Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free. 410-888-9048.

"ROADS TO RAILS: FLAMES OF REBIRTH" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 21. An exhibit focusing on the role of the B&O Railroad during the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. $5; seniors and students, $4; children 3-12, $3; children younger than 2, free. 410-461-1944 or www.ecbo.org.

For Children

GHOSTS OF THE PATAPSCO FEMALE INSTITUTE -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Come in costume and be led through the 19th-century school for girls that features abandoned fireplaces, secret passageways, gardens and a chapel. Wear walking shows and bring a flashlight. For ages 6 and older. Mount Ida Visitor Center, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City. $5. 410-465-8500.

WILDE HALLOWEEN -- 4:30-6:30 p.m. today. Pam from "It's Kindertime" presents a puppet show with a Halloween theme. Trick-or-treating in the Wilde Lake Village Center will follow. Sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. For children 3 to 10. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $3. 410-730-3987.

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN -- 7-10 p.m. tomorrow, 6-10 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday. A spooky hayride and tour of an old house for children 7 and older tomorrow and Saturday. A festive and not-so-scary hayride for children 2 to 7 Sunday. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Rockburn Branch Park, 5400 Landing Rd., Elkridge. Tomorrow and Saturday, $7; Sunday, $3. Information, 410-313-4624; inclement weather, 4104-313-4452.

Lectures and Literature

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Gary Letcher, author of "Waterfalls of the Mid-Atlantic States," will discuss his book, where to find the natural wonders, how they are formed and how to photograph them. Presented by the Department of Recreation and Parks Natural Resources Division. Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. Free. 310-313-7275.

Theater

"MISS SAIGON" -- 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, through Nov. 21 and again Jan. 5- Feb. 20. A U.S. Marine and a strong-willed Vietnamese woman fall in love during the fall of Saigon in 1975. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $41-$44; children 12 and younger, $25.50-$44. 410-730-8311 or www.tobysdinnertheatre.com.

"ROCKY HORROR SHOW LIVE" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 13. Late-night shows, 11 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 10 p.m. Sunday. The gender-bending, glam-rock movie comes to life in a live show. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $20. 4410-752-1225.

Miscellaneous

ELLICOTT CITY GHOST TOURS -- 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through November. "Ye Haunted History of Old Ellicott City" is told through a tour down historic Main Street. Sponsored by Howard County Tourism. Meet at the Main Street Visitor Center, 8267 Main St., Ellicott City. $8; children and seniors, $6. 410-313-1900 or www.visithowardcounty.com.

SAVAGE MILL GHOST TOURS -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through November. A tour of the former cotton mill turned retail and antique mart, featuring paranormal stories as witnessed by store owners and artisans. Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage. $8; children and seniors, $6. 410-313-1900 or www.visithowardcounty.com.

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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